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Dozens of Ohio kids hurt in accidental shootings

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that more than 150 young children in Ohio have been severely injured in accidental shootings in the past six years.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/Iga2sw ) reports that accidents were the leading cause of severe firearm injuries among children age 14 and younger in the state that led to significant hospitalization. That's according to data from the Ohio Trauma Acute Care Registry.

Child advocates say that sometimes parents underestimate the ability of children to access and operate weapons. Gun-control advocates contend Ohio needs a "safe storage" law to curb accidental shootings, requiring owners to lock up their firearms if there is a reasonable chance minors could access them.

Meanwhile, gun-rights groups said educating and training children on gun safety is the only way to prevent the accidental shootings.

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